(Photo info: NFFTY Audience Award winners Mo Brown, Sorcha Marron, Claire Elliott, and Krystelle Kurz) Transformative, by Mo Brown, Claire Elliott, Krystelle Kurz and Sorcha Marron, recently won the Audience Award at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) in the Come As You Are showcase. (The award was particularly flattering as they were the youngest filmmakers in competition.) In addition, two more international film festivals have chosen to feature work by students in the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program this spring.

    Transformative, a short documentary about the experience of a transgender teen and our current political climate, was also an Official Selection at CineYouth early this month. This 13th annual event is a project of the Chicago International Film Festival. The showcase celebrates short films made by filmmakers 22 years old and younger from around the world. Heart of Gold, by Miles Andersen, Josh Gaynor-Cote, Willow Hudson and Jesse Romero, will screen in the Seattle International Film Festival’s FutureWave showcase ( ) on Monday, May 29 at the Uptown Theater at 1:30 pm. This screening strives to show the best short films in the world by youth 18 years old and younger. Heart of Gold follows a student through her final year of high school - a year complicated by a life-threatening medical condition, a stroke, and a heart transplant. To purchase tickets, visit

    New works by students in the Digital Filmmaking Program will be screened at the Ballard Film Festival on Saturday, June 17 in the BHS auditorium at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.
  • Ballard Digital Filmmakers Program News!

    NATAS Northwest Awards GraphicUPCOMING DFP EVENTS 

    The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced nominees for the Northwest High School Awards of Excellence | These awards celebrate the most outstanding productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Productions are nominated by NATAS industry professionals. Students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program earned seventeen nominations, more than twice the number of any other school or organization in the five-state region. The winners will be announced on June 3 at the 54th Annual Northwest Emmy Awards. Ballard’s nominations span seven categories, reflecting the diverse skills students learn in the program. The nominations by category and some of the productions can be screened on the DFP vimeo site from the links included on the Read More page.
  • Naramore Art Show | Exhibition until May 28

    Please join the Art Department in congratulating the following students for winning awards in the 2017 Naramore Seattle Public Schools Art Show!

    Miyah Rosenfeldt - 1st Place Photography for 'Solarized Jaimie' | Laila Smith - 1st Place Photography for 'untitled' | Teresa Nicolella - 2nd Place Drawing for 'untitled' | Wayke Hill - 1st Place Mixed Media for 'untitled'

    The Naramore is an annual art exhibition that showcases the best student artwork that each high school and middle school that SPS has to offer. 200 students participated this year, so our students have reason to be proud of their hard work, skill and creativity! The show is currently on display at the Seattle Art Museum through May 28th.Join us for the reception & awards ceremony on May 5th at 6:00pm at the SAM!
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  • BHS Families Mark Your Calendars!

    • Monday, May 29 | No School | Memorial Day

    • Senior Important Dates
      June 1  
      Service Hours Documentation Due
      June 5  Senior Check Out Form available to pick up
      June 7  All Fines Due by 1pm & Beaver Nation Athletic Awards 7pm in the Main Gym
      June 8  Senior Dinner & Yearbook Distribution at 5pm in the Commons
      June 13  Senior Awards Night at 7pm in the PAC
      June 15  Senior Finals Periods 1, 3, 5
      June 16  Senior Finals Periods 2, 4, 6 & Required Senior Checkout Form Due
      Monday, June 19  Senior Mandatory attendance at Graduation Rehearsal Senior Official Last Day at Memorial Stadium at 10am and Senior Graduation at 5pm

    • Grades 9 - 11 Important Dates
      Wednesday, June 21  Finals Periods 1 & 4
      Thursday, June 22  Finals Periods 2 & 5
      Friday, June 23  Finals Periods 3 & 6

    • Monday, June 26 | Last day of school for grades 9-11 with 1 Hour Early Dismissal.

    Visit the following for more information, End of Year Finals Handout, Bell Schedules and the BHS On-Line Calendar.

  • Biotech Genetics Students | Special Recognition at Student BioExpo at Shoreline!

    On Friday, May 19, Biotechnology Genetics students presented their capstone projects at the 17th annual Student BioExpo at Shoreline Community College. They did an excellent job presenting their work and received several accolades from the judges. The BioExpo is a science fair where students can enter in several different categories ranging from Drama/Dance and Lab Research to Creative Writing and Molecular Modeling. All projects are judged for their scientific content and for creativity in each category. Four hundred students from twenty different schools from the state of Washington participated.

    All of our students represented Ballard with poise and grace. And our students exceled in several categories. The following students listed on the Read More page received special recognition.
    Biotech Students at Expo
  • Ballard Fiddlers | Ballard Homestead | Friday, June 16

    Fiddle Showcase PosterFor a spirited evening of fiddle music topped off with some audience square dancing, look no further than the Ballard Homestead on Friday, June 16th at 7:00 p.m. The Ballard High Fiddlers will take the stage with their bluegrass and folk tunes to keep your toes tapping.

    In addition to the fiddle group, some members of the Symphonic Orchestra will be playing arrangements of music by Deakin Hicks, an accordion and clarinet duo who play original instrumental tunes inspired by music of the Basque region in Spain. Special guests The Eclectic Strings from Holy Names Academy will round out the program.

    At 8:00 p.m. there will be taught square dancing. This is an evening that is fun for all ages and the Homestead is the perfect backdrop for some down-home fun. Admission at the door is $10. The Ballard Homestead is at 6541 Jones Ave. N.W.
  • SPREE 2017!

    Spree Candy Roll jpgGet SPREE tickets! Graduation is close! Bus sign ups for SPREE start on May 22 in the AC. Signed paperwork and payment must be completed. Lots of fun activities planned! Register now. Registration forms can be found in the Activity Center and at  | Username: 2017BallardSenior | Password: Beavers706 Check out this flyer or email:   Don't Miss Out!

  • BHS Activities & Athletics News and Updates

  • Don't Miss New Shorts | Ballard's Award-Winning Filmmakers! June 17

    IMAX plans to premiere the two environmental documentaries produced by BHS students at World Environment Day (June 5). So as not to pre-empt their world premiere, the BHS Film Festival has been rescheduled for Sat, June 17 at 7:30 pm in our auditorium. (Tickets are $5 for students & $10 for adults, sold at the door.)

    This date change will also allow the 31 Ballard film students whose work has been nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) to attend the Northwest Emmy Awards on June 3rd (where the envelopes will be opened). NATAS nominated 17 productions from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program for High School Awards of Excellence.
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  • Talisman & Shingle Winners | National JEA Write-Off Contest | April 2017

    More than 1,300 students representing hundreds of school newspapers and yearbooks nationwide attended and participated in the National JEA Write-Off Contest & Convention held in Seattle. Several yearbook and newspaper students in the journalism program brought home individual awards in the writing, design and photography contests.

    For the yearbook the Shingle, Laila Kleven won an Honorable Mention in Yearbook Academics Writing; Lili Donovan won an Excellent in Yearbook Clubs Writing: Hannah Wetterau won Honorable Mention in Yearbook Student Life Writing; and Thomas Meade won the only Superior in Feature Photography.
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    For the newspaper Talisman staff winners
    , Oscar Zahner won an Excellent for Commentary Writing; Eleanor Dudley won an Honorable Mention in Feature Writing; Jackson Croy won an Honorable Mention in Newsmagazine design; Fletcher Anderson won a Superior in Editorial Cartooning; Kate Inge won an Honorable Mention in Sports Writing; Ella Anderson won a Superior in News Writing; and Christ Barrett won a Superior in Review Writing.
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